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EU: New ‘innovative’ LNG bunkering vessel ordered

26 Sep 2018

Engineering firm SENER has signed a contract with tug and barge owner Rimorchiatori Riuniti Panfido & C.s.r.l for basic engineering and technical assistance in the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) SBBT unit.

The LNG bunkering vessel, co-funded by the European Union through the Poseidon MED II program, will operate in Italy and the Adriatic.

“This new contract consolidates SENER’s role as a pioneer in the design of innovative LNG marine technology units,” says SENER.

“In this regard, the SBBT unit’s design is a combination of a LNG fuelled tractor tug (powered unit) and a LNG bunkering non-propelled pontoon of 4,000 m3 (cargo unit).” 

According to the engineering firm, the tug will be designed and constructed as a dual fuel driven, towing, escorting, rescue, supply and salvage tug, propelled by Voith and with 65 tons of bollard pull.

For its part, the pontoon will have a storage capacity of 4,000 m3 of LNG and 1,000 m3 of marine diesel oil (MDO), and it will be used for bunkering service.

Photo credit: SENER
Published: 26 September, 2018


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